Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Small Business Success Story - Oasis Ponds & Patios

Each year the New York Small Business Development Center recognizes outstanding small businesses in a variety of ways.  This Success Story from the Corning SBDC appears in our 2016 Annual Report

David VanLoon 
Oasis Ponds & Patios
Corning SBDC


David VanLoon, a 14-year military veteran who served tours in Irag and Afghanistan, began Oasis Ponds & Patios in April 2016. Oasis Ponds, a full-service landscape company, is a certified Aquascape contractor that provides waterscape designs and installation. The company installs fountains, waterfalls and ponds, maintains water features and also performs seasonal care for their installations. Oasis Ponds also installs firepits, retaining walls, patios and walkways, landscape lighting, plant and tree installation. They also provide weekly lawn services, as well as spring and fall clean up.

David worked with SBDC Advisor Susan Buchanan to develop a business plan to accompany a funding request for his startup. David secured a $57,000 term loan from Community Bank, a $20,000 line of credit, and contributed $10,000 of his own equity. Oasis Ponds is a true family business. David serves as the General Manager and is responsible for all estimates, the generation of new business and landscape designs. His wife Jenna serves as Office Manager and is responsible for marketing and networking, scheduling and ordering inventory. 

Near the end of July 2016, David approached the SBDC for assistance in securing a small loan. With SBDC’s help, Oasis Ponds received a $30,000 loan from REDEC to purchase additional equipment and supplies in preparation for the upcoming winter months. With the money provided, they were able to purchase snow plows, a salt spreader and a snow blower, which will enable them to take care of customers’ needs throughout the winter months. 

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